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Key Steps to Increase Your Child Support Payments

Once a child support order is in place, either parent may request a modification of the amount of child support being paid. If you are the receiving parent and wish to increase the amount of money you get, the general standard is that you must demonstrate that there has been a substantial change in circumstances that necessitates the increase. Below are a few of the most common reasons child support may be increased: • A significant increase in the income of the noncustodial parent: This increase typically must be at least 10 percent. Courts desire the child to live in similar economic circumstances when residing in the home of each parent. • A substantial decrease in the income of the custodial parent: Again, this decrease usually must be at least 10 percent. If the custodial parent loses his or her job, that person may request a significant increase in child support on a temporary basis until he or she can find gainful employment. • A substantial increase in the needs of the child: This may include increased medical or educational expenses, or increased cost of living and expenses associated with the child’s age. You must receive approval from the court for any child support modifications. If you and the other parent attempt to make the arrangement yourselves, the other parent could eventually change his or her mind about the deal and go back to the court to force you to abide by the official, legally binding rules already established. If you and the other parent do agree to a child support modification, take it to the court immediately to get it in writing to make it official. For further guidance on how you can increase your child support payments in Maryland, speak with a trusted La Plata divorce attorney at Mudd, Mudd & Fitzgerald, P.A.